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Champagne André Robert Blanc de Blancs Terre du Mesnil Brut Grand Cru 2013 Wine - Last Bottle
Champagne André Robert Blanc de Blancs Terre du Mesnil Brut Grand Cru 2013 Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne André Robert Blanc de Blancs Terre du Mesnil Brut Grand Cru 2013

93 Point Grower Champagne from Le Mesnil!

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Flavor Profile: Myriad stone fruits, apples, toasted pecans
Time on Lees: 7 years
Dosage: 5.2 g/L
Score: 93

Why We Love It...

Not only is Le Mesnil considered a best spot to grow chardonnay, but Les Chétillons, a small parcel located within this site, is considered the very crème de la crème of Le Mesnil. This delectable bottling from the spectacular Andre Robert estate has both. 

Just south of Epernay, in the limestone hills of the Côte des Blancs, lies the sloping mosaic of plots that make up Le Mesnil. Robert's family takes the very best of four plots – including the revered Les Chétillons, alongside neighboring Les Vaucherots, Les Coullemets du Midi, and Les Finciarts – to forge this “Terre du Mesnil'' cuvée. The village of Le Mesnil sur Oger sits entirely upon east-facing slopes, thickly sheltered by forestland on the hills above – allowing chardonnay to slowly ripen fully, never sacrificing the elegant, high-toned aromatics or the piercing acidity for which these wines are so prized. 

The fourth generation of the Robert’s family, Bertrand, still runs the show (with his daughter, Clare, joining him in 2013) carrying on the traditions of his great-grandfather Henri, who began farming the land just after the first World War. Bertrand has never known a life away from the chalky limestone hills of Le Mesnil – his first memories are centered around playing amongst the chardonnay vines and smelling the barrels in the family’s cellar – carved by hand from chalk by his forebears. There is something in these wines that links to the family’s history – as if you can taste a piece of their home, and their style is guided by their generations of careful farming and thoughtful assemblage – all in homage to this land that has shaped them as a voice of the soil itself. 

Just pure, romantic stuff, to be certain… with a flavor profile to match! The aromas are studded with myriad stone fruits – galaxy peaches, golden apricots, white nectarines – plus gala apples, croissant dough, toasted pecans, and flinty, tumbled rocks. The mouthfeel is ample and packed with ripe fruit flavors to match the aromas – with a lemony zip of piquant acidity carrying through to the mineral-laden and delightfully chalky finish. Without question, this is one of the most fantastically opulent, richly pleasing, and vinous Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs anywhere! While it lasts, of course… 

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Côte des Blancs
Varietal: Chardonnay
Winemaker: Bertrand Robert
Oak: Vinification and aging on lees for 8 months in small barrels of 228 liters aged about a dozen years - Regular batonnage. Without malolactic fermentation.
Alcohol: 12.00%
Pair it with: Double cut pork chop with a spiced apple chutney

About the Producer

Since 1820, Ameztoi has been the most respected producer in the region of Getariako Txakolina. They produce both traditional wines in large barrels and they were the inventor of rosé txakolina and one of the first to do méthode traditionnelle sparkling wines in the region. They own 20 hectares of vineyards planted high on the seaside cliffs of the village of Getaria. Ignacio Ameztoi is fifth generation and has played an important role in the development and innovation in Getariako Txakolina over the last 10 years.

Champagne André Robert Blanc de Blancs Terre du Mesnil Brut Grand Cru 2013

$85
$115

Retail

26

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